Tuesday Topics…Added Sugar …

Good morning and welcome to this Tuesday post on Sugar…Why Sugar?

I am currently reading Salt, Sugar and Fat so for the next weeks I will be discussing what I have learnt and also what has shocked she who thought nothing could shock her at her age…

Manufacturers I just love to hate I knew they are sneaky people and love to fool us…I just didn’t know what depths they sunk to…

The scientists and yes it is a science every single product sold has an exact science attached to its list of ingredients…Children as young as 3 take part in this research(something) however much I was promised I would never allow my children to take part.

They are not questioned as children seem to know what answers we want them to give so they are sat in a nicely decorated room with their favourite toy and fed little cups of whatever is being tested all of which are made to an exact recipe and all slightly different and the child eats them and is asked to share their favourite with their toy…Clever stuff…You can imagine at the end this how much sugar the child has been fed…

Personally, I find this questionable it offends me that children so young are fed this amount of sugar…

Food manufacturers and scientists are all looking for that perfect “mouthfeel” that’s their name for the product in question…They all look for that as it tempts us to eat more…every cake, biscuit, pizza, ready meal, jello is made to an exact scientific recipe which has been proven to give the perfect mouthfeel…Our bliss point is also scientifically calculated again for the simple reason that if a product reached our bliss point we keep on eating…

So when you beat yourself up for not having the will power to stop...DON’T…It is not your fault it is the fault of the manufacturers, scientists and government who know what goes on and allow it to happen.

It is all in the science…every single processed food product we buy is carefully crafted to give us the perfect mouthfeel and bliss point…

Sugar comes in many guises… DO NOT think it is sugarless because those sneaky manufacturers have used another word like simple carbohydrates, honey, rice syrup, organic dehydrated cane juice, agave nectar, barley malt syrup, corn sweetener, fructose, invert sugar, high fructose corn syrup and it goes on… PLEASE check those labels carefully.

Better still where possible make your own as it is increasingly obvious that we cannot trust anything processed to be as good for us…

What did please me though was the Canadian Governments stance and they warn that you should be aware of clever marketing? It covers in-depth how clever marketing can tempt you…I am sure the food manufacturers probably don’t like this new version…Well about time we stood up to them and their marketing ploys and prove we aren’t all stupid and easily swayed… It also has recipes it is a great new move by the Canadian Government lets hope we can put pressure on our governments to follow …If they are then please let us all know what they do to help improve your health and wellness as a nation.

https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/?fbclid=IwAR36hG-mLfHhLvDrOenOrEvDsI_cFVueANKUC9k1CDWw5zvlk1Vi3hLLqZw

It is knowing what you can substitute for those high in sugar foods… It means making an informed decision about the food YOU eat and feed YOUR family.

Personally, I think schools should be adopting the old tried and tested Home economics classes where children, once they were taught the basics, were taught to make and prepare bread, biscuits, to prepare and cook meat and fish, make desserts and importantly make a shopping list and go shopping within a budget…

I am not saying to never eat processed foods I am saying...Moderation…it is the only way for us to get a healthy immune system and not have a compromised immune system because of the processed foods we eat…

A healthy immune system doesn’t mean eating foods that taste like cardboard and it doesn’t mean never ever letting that piece of cake or chocolate ever past your lips again it means learning what food you need to be healthy and knowing that you can have the occasional treat

It is about moderation, about enjoying those 2 squares of chocolate even more than when you demolished a whole bar and then you feel guilty about eating it, so almost certainly you then starved yourself or ate those cardboard things called rice cakes for two days…I mean how tasteless are they???

But is that good for you?… Certainly not…

SUGAR…..Do we need it?

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Yes…Your body does need carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugar in your body. This sugar is essential for your body to create energy to survive. However, it is not necessary to include sugary foods or added sugars in the diet in order for your body to make energy.

If we know our sugars and know how much we should be consuming in a day then that is the first step.

UK NHS guidelines:

  • Adults should have no more than 30 gm of free sugars a day, (roughly equivalent to seven sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24 gm of free sugars a day (six sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19 gm of free sugars a day (five sugar cubes).
  • There is no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it’s recommended they avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it.

Free sugars are found in foods such as sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and some fizzy drinks and juice drinks. These are the sugary foods we should cut down on.

It is not referring to the sugars which are naturally occurring in foods although some foods do have a naturally occurring high amount of sugar so it is knowing which food you can eat almost as you like although that word which I love does creep in here…Moderation!

But… eating a sensible amount as many foods with naturally occurring sugar are also packed with lots of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Therefore it makes sense to know your foods…Know which ones are high in sugar and which ones are lower in sugars…It means reading the ingredients on the packet and if sugar is in the first three ingredients then put it back!

You can still eat great food, tasty food so don’t think you are going to be deprived …You won’t…

I am now going to give you a little list of foods which are high in sugar and foods which are lower and also some suggestions as to an alternative…A healthier alternative.

Foods High in Sugars.

Cereal, Cereal Bars, Ketchup, Sauces, Flavoured teas, Fruit Juices, Soda’s, Flavoured yoghurt, Dried fruits… I think by now you should have got the gist… These are all processed foods…

Now just looking at that list what small adjustments can you make or do you make already??

Porridge Oats.

I love porridge oats..although I haven’t eaten it in a while but with some home-made fruit compote or just fresh fruit a lovely breakfast which will keep you going until lunchtime.

Muesli

Honestly not for me..maybe if I made it…No ..I have never been a fan but I know many people who just love it! ( At least) I am honest…haha

Shredded Wheat

Now, who can eat two shredded wheat???

Bran flakes

These I do like with a sliced banana…very nice.

Cereal bars…again why would you? But no accounting for taste and many of my friends and family love them…Check the labels or make your own…I did!

I know many people eat them as a snack, when exercising etc ( they fit in your handbag ) and can be eaten on the go… so I thought I would make some using my favourite ingredients and then maybe I would get to like them and of course, they wouldn’t be like these shop brought ones full of sugars with that boring bland taste…

Carol’s Snack Bars:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey, proper maple syrup or agave
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup of dried fruit chopped I used Apricots
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted nuts I used walnuts.
  • 1/2 cup coconut ( optional)

Let’s bake some snack bars…

With the oven on 350 degrees put the oats on a baking tray and cook for about 12 mins or until they are lightly browned( not burnt like my first batch) Remove from the oven and leave to cool down.

In a small pan add the nut butter, honey and coconut oil and warm gently add salt and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth, add the egg white and whisk again.

To the cooled oats add the nuts and fruit stir to combine then mix in your butter mixture, stir well until the oats are coated.

Line an 8-inch baking tin with parchment paper.

Pour in the mixture pressing down well so the mix is packed tightly or the bars will crumble when you cut the bars using the snack bars into pieces.

Bake on 350 degrees until the mixture is lightly browned around the edges about 20 mins depending on your oven.

Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 15 mins then lift the mixture out using the parchment paper.

Cool completely and cut into squares or oblongs.

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It is as I have always said it is about eating the food …You like!

Ketchup…Homemade ketchup is far better and also less sugar.

If anyone has a good tried and tested tomato sauce recipe please share as many recipes are either too vinegary or sweet…

Sauces… Sauces come in jars and packets and almost certainly are packed full of preservatives, salt and sugar…What can I say I have always made my own gravy and sauces…

 We have six children and with me and hubby that was 8 to feed that was without the kid’s friends …etc, etc..To buy packets and jars I would have needed a trolley just for packets and jars work out the cost of that for a month… No brainer I made my own … It is amazing what spurs you on to do that…Isn’t it???

Fruit Juice…

Again with all my lot …I learnt to buy fruit in season, make juice and top it up with sparkling water…I will also add that was a treat… Water was the drink of choice …Pure and simple…WATER!

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Sodas…

I was a mean mum… Soda’s were a treat at Christmas…

Now I know just how much sugar is in them… 39.2 grams of sugar per serving, which is almost 10 teaspoons of sugar… I don’t feel mean at all…

Flavoured yoghurt.

A quick tip: Natural or plain full-fat yoghurt will contain about 4.7g of sugar per 100 gm, but this is lactose, not fructose. Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar in dairy and doesn’t affect the body in the same way that fructose does.

Some fruit flavoured yoghurt has as much as the equivalent of 7 tsp of sugar…

From where I am standing you would only need a can of soda pop or yoghurt and you would be over your recommended daily guidelines.

Buy natural or Greek yoghurt or make your own …I think Yoghurt needs to be a separate post…Yoghurt what is in it really? and how to make your own xx

Fresh Fruit…Who doesn’t love fresh fruit there is so much choice and it is a good choice but fruit also has sugar and although it has naturally occurring sugars some are better than others.

Dried fried has a higher concentration of sugar but eaten in moderation it is also high in fibre and vitamins so when choosing also look at that…

Which fresh fruits have the highest amount of sugar??

Grapes, lychee, Figs, Mango, Cherries which are all fruits I love but I still eat them just apply some common sense and although I love figs they are high in sugar I couldn’t or wouldn’t eat that many anyway… They also have a laxative effect.

A few of each…I could just dive in now.

Olives( Yes) it is a fruit, avocado, rhubarb, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi are all fruits which are lower in sugar and all fruits which I absolutely love…

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Well, that’s my not so little spiel over…I am happy that you joined me today I do hope you have enjoyed it  I am looking forward to your comments.Carol xxxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Connect to Carol

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

The Story Of Plastic …Part 3

The story of Plastic continued…

Plastic was initially a waste product…a word that originally meant ” pliable and easily shaped” in recent years it became a name for a category of materials called polymers. The word polymer means “of many parts,”

Although there are natural polymers made from plants synthetic polymers have been found to be very useful…

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It started in 1869 when an American Inventor namely John Wesley Hyatt saw an opportunity when a New York company made an offer of 10,000 dollars for anyone who could come up with a substitute for ivory.

Hyatt found that if he treated cellulose derived from cotton fibres with camphor a plastic was created which could be moulded into various shapes and made to imitate tortoiseshell, ivory, horn and linen….the plastic revolution took shape…

Manufacturers were now no longer limited by the availability of natural products…

This was just the beginning…

We now come to today where the chemicals needed to make plastic come predominantly from shale products…Collecting shale products causes pollution at the point of extraction…Shale gas manufacturing has devastating effects on communities.

Sunoco Pipeline, Formosa Plastic, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobile Chemical, Sabic, Chevron, Shell…just typing these names fills me with horror and looking at the names there is a common theme…

Formosa Plastic was found guilty of dumping 50 million gallons a day into estuaries…pellets were everywhere…

This is a common occurrence wherever there are pipelines, factories…waterways are polluted, there are blowouts, lower life expectancies in these areas, a higher incidence of breathing problems, cancers the risks to public health and wildlife are enormous…

Those plastic pellets, micro and nano plastics that are being dumped in our waterways are being increasingly found in our food and water around the world..fish ingest them and bingo ..no you haven’t won the jackpot you are eating or drinking them…

Although researchers are exploring ways to make bioplastics a more viable option the production of them presents sustainability challenges and of course that includes effective biodegradability…

These companies often ride over peoples rights and often you don’t have the rights you think you have as a homeowner. Check it out before it is too late.

There is so much to think about with plastic as in some areas it is a necessity a lifesaver e.g babies incubators and other medical equipment is often made of plastic…However, we need to make our voices heard and be asking the questions as to what is happening with the waste we put out for collection and also we need to make our voices heard and demand that manufacturers do not produce anything which is not biodegradable…

To me, 83 kinds of separation depending on the plastic product means that some products require separating and different machinery is required in order to recycle it… I understand if it is white goods or electrical but packaging…That has to stop I mean when a little single-use sachet is made from at least 5 different components and maybe 7 which means it cannot be recycled as no one has the equipment… it also isn’t worth it…However if you count the human cost of that waste…That isn’t worth it either!

Production of those should be stopped and replaced by a fully biodegradable product … the manufacturers need to be taking some responsibility.

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 2nd August -8th August 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Health, Whimsy, and Tigers…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…and social distancing…I know many of you are on further lockdowns once again as cases are in many places well on the rise again… a second phase…It really is not going away just yet unless those who haven’t now decide that wearing a mask and social distancing really is the best way out of this, stay safe and strong peeps and observe all the do’s and don’ts…The quicker you do the quicker it will all disappear ( not) forever methinks…This virus is digging its heels in just like so many people are with regards to social distancing and masks…

Here’s something to take your mind of what’s going on…Take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy it!

Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

Monday always starts with Climate change as there is always something new to discover…This week was no different…WELL, it was just a tad…The Story of Plastic Part 2…3rd August 2020…

Part 2 covers how some parts of the world are actually drowning in Plastic…how cleanups are admirable but not the solution…This beautiful drawing by Rishika perfectly captures my mood and I am sure the moods of many others including this talented artist…

Trapped in Plastic

To read the full story please click the link below…x

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/03/the-story-of-plastic-part-2/

Tuesday:

I was a bit down in the dumps and couldn’t think of anything to write…so I wallowed…

Wednesday:

I was over at Sally’s with my A-Z of the Culinary Alphabet…The letter O…

The letter O goes from the common Oats or Oranges to the more exotic Octopus and Oysters…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-column-carol-taylor-a-z-of-food-o-for-oats-offal-octopus-oranges-and-oysters/

Thursday: It was over to Sally again for her Health Column…The Medicine Women’s Treasure Chest of Herbal Medicines.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/06/smorgasbord-health-column-the-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-herbal-medicine-stinging-nettle-and-scorpion-stings-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday is back...revamped and updated…

Dragon fruit

This week it was the beautiful exotic Dragon fruit…I was also very lucky that my Thai inlaws came to visit us bearing gifts of some lovely dragon fruit the red variety which a really beautiful colour, lots of limes and a huge box of beautiful red bananas…we are so blessed…xx

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/07/fruity-fridays-pretty-dragon-fruit-2/

Saturday   well early Sunday …Saturday Snippets was a day late…Oppps I just couldn’t get myself in gear this week…wrestling with the laptop just got too much…

I did manage to find after a struggle with the laptop some great little snippets which I hope you enjoyed…The Indochinese Tiger has been sighted in Western Thailand which is great news and the Pine Martens who were introduced into the Forest of Dean in England have produced baby kits…how delightful is that…it means that they are happy in that environment…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/08/09/saturday-snippets-10/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup…See you tomorrow with a further update on the Story of Plastic…Part 3

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and well being.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

Saturday Snippets…

Good morning and welcome to this weeks edition of Saturday Snippets…I am bread making today those dinner rolls again and some scones with persimmon and coconut cream… I don’t have a very good record for making scones, unlike my mum who makes the best scones…I believe you call them biscuits in the US…

These are a slightly different recipe so wish me luck I will follow it to the T on the first attempt and after if successful I will leave it as it is or I may tweak it a little bit you all know me…I just have to do it…Well, I followed the recipe to a T and they didn’t rise but spread …Aston loved them…I split them and filled them with persimmon and maple syrup with some coconut cream and they were nice…Not worthy of a picture but taste-wise they were scrummy…Back to the drawing board as they say 🙂

This shows that prejudices are learned and taught not something that we are born with…

 

Wellness Corner. Smorgasbord Health Column – by Sally Cronin…Apples…

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Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?… Head over to Sally’s and find out…Just click the link below…x

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-flexibility-an-apple-a-day-music-therapy-by-sally-cronin/

Bridges…Not only are they built to get you from A to B but they can be an art form …It connects the Century City New International Conference & Exhibition Center and riverside park with neighbouring residential areas and forms a figure of eight across the Fu Hé river.

I think this is a masterpiece and so beautiful…with the connecting shortcuts, an infinite meandering path can be walked without leaving the bridge, to experience all possible scenarios between nature and urban cityscape,

Music...Well, it is summer however fleetingly for some of us and this song is a favourite of mine and perfectly encapsulates the Dog Days of Summer…

But what does The Dog Days of Summer mean and where does it come from? I didn’t know…But all will be revealed just keep on reading….xxx

As you all know I am passionate about the environment as well as food without chemicals...I love hearing about successes when due to environmental changes or projects which reintroduce animals into the wild…The Tiger population is on the increase here in Thailand…For the first time in 4 years, there have been new sightings in a forest here in Thailand…

According to the WWF(World Wildlife Fund), There are estimated to be about 160 Indochinese tigers left in the wild in Thailand so this is great news…such a beautiful majestic animal I do hope that they will continue to be protected…

The other good news about the introduction of animals back into the wilds in England came from Tori…Thank you, Tori.

The pine Marten was hunted to near extinction in England but some of the females who were introduced back into The Forest Of Dean have produced kits..how exciting is that?

Rebecca Wilson, Planning and Environment Manager for Forestry England added: “The hope is that over the next two years, more pine martens will be released into the Forest and that a population will establish there. This population will then spread and link up with recently reintroduced Welsh pine martens, creating a new stronghold for the species and ensuring its survival.”

As a child I was often told not to play with my food and ” Just eat it” …These musicians have taken that statement to another level…

Food…Today is National Zucchini Day and also National Frozen Custard Day… Zucchini I don’t love them Ibut I eat them…Frozen Custard…it is just like ice cream, isn’t it???

Ice cream is made from milk, cream, or a combination of the two, while frozen custard is made from milk, cream, and egg yolks.

So which one is healthier? Brands vary, but vanilla ice-cream typically has about 10 per cent more calories than custard, as well as twice the saturated fat, less protein and half the calcium and potassium. …

For the healthiest option, make your own custard using eggs, milk and vanilla bean, with minimal sugar and no cream.

I really love a nice frozen custard and always watch and admire the contestants on cooking shows and always vow to make my own…To treat myself to a churner is on my list of kitchen wants but something always seems to take president…One day…sigh…

Did you know that the11th August marks the end of the Dog Days of Summer? I have often heard this mentioned but never really thought about what it meant…

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Fruity Fridays…Pretty Dragon Fruit.

 

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Good morning and welcome to the revamped Fruity Fridays which are posts I published a couple of years ago and have updated …Today it is the beautiful Dragon fruit…Yesterday we received a surprise visit from our Thai family who always bring us goodies lovely freshly harvested goodies…Yesterday it was some beautiful dragon fruit and the bonus was they are red-fleshed…

A box of lovely red bananas and lots of beautiful limes which means I have been trawling my recipes and have decided to preserve some of the limes..make my lime and almond gluten-free cake again and I may attempt a key lime pie…

My breakfast this morning was, of course, green tea and some lovely fresh dragon fruit it was so delicious……

I will now tell you some more about this lovely tropical fruit and there will also be some delicious recipes including a smoothie…

Dragon Fruit

Such a pretty coloured fruit and it just looks so exotic, doesn’t it? Also, known as Pitaya fruit or in Thailand(Kaeo Mangkon). Rich in Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3 and the minerals iron, calcium & phosphorus and one fruit is only 60 calories so a good for you fruit.

It is also said to help lower bad cholesterol levels and its high fibre content can also assist with poor digestion and constipation.

Of course, it also makes excellent smoothies, you can sip your smoothie while it works on your hair follicles..yes if you put the juice on your scalp it will keep the hair follicles open so it’s great for tinted hair.

I am really getting into this smoothie making and today I think is one of my favourite smoothies. I am learning to get the right amount and what I do is take the glass I am going to drink it from and fill the glass with my fruit that way I make just enough and if I am making more than one glass then I double up but it eliminates the guesswork.

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Today’s smoothie was a mixture of fruit and vegetables.

I used a large chunk of  Pineapple, Watermelon, yellow melon and dragon fruit. A slice of tomato, a slice of beetroot, a piece of carrot and a little ice.

Then into the liquidiser and a blitz for a minute and voila a lovely smoothie.

Skin Problems?

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Troubled with acne and spots then make a paste from a slice of the dragon fruit apply to the affected areas of your face or skin then rinse off with water. Use twice daily for the best results.

The sap of the dragon fruit is also used by making aqueous extracts of its leaves, bark and fruit pulp and is said to aid wound healing and burns.

I then got to thinking about a recipe I came across all these beautiful desserts..brilliant pink Pannacotta’s..but I am not a dessert person as you know unless it’s a high day or holiday…haha….. Often served on a mixed fruit platter here or in little tarts…

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This recipe for Dragon Chicken..…is quick, easy and so tasty….not a dragon fruit in view but hey ho….it’s in the name…lol

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Let’s Cook!

  • 1lb chicken breasts cut into small chunks or pieces of chicken on the bone.

Marinade for chicken:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch/arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt to taste.

Mix all the sauce ingredients together and coat the chicken thoroughly leave to dry for 30 minutes.

Heat some oil 375 degrees and cook chicken in batches until it is crispy.

For the sauce

  • 2 tsp of finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp of finely chopped ginger
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar

Mix all these together. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and add the mixture when the sauce comes to the boil add the chicken and heat for a further 1-2 minutes.

To serve garnish with chopped spring onions, niblets of sweetcorn/peas and or sliced green chillies.

I, of course, would add more chilli flakes and probably a tsp more ginger…just saying..lol…But as you know my mantra is TASTE and TASTE again… until it is perfect for you…

Enjoy!

Until tomorrow …When I will be back with Saturday Snippets have a lovely day and just a reminder if you go out to wear a mask and practise social distancing. xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

 

 

 

 

National Farmers Market Week…

Wherever you live in the world there is likely to be at least one Farmers Market near you…Shop your local farmers’ market however you can — online, curbside, or masks-on and in-person — and then cook there are so many lovely recipes you can make using the fresh produce which means you can continue to support your local food community during Farmers Market Week, and thereafter whenever you can.

I know sometimes the food is a little more expensive and it may be not uniform shapes but it is good, local and fresh…it helps to reduce YOUR carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

and puts good wholesome food in your families bellies…

Here I am blessed with having many local food markets, vendors sit at the kerbside they are everywhere… selling off the back of their trucks or bicycles or even pushing a cart with their wares…

I am spoilt for choice…

Eggs fresh from the farm, Sausages lovingly made an abundance of beautiful fresh produce…

Freshly made curry pastes, fish, so many beautiful veggies…

When I make green curry here because the paste is so fresh the colour is such a lovely green so vibrant…I have also learnt just not to buy but taste before I buy…which you can’t do when you buy a packet some curry pastes are beautifully mellow and some they knock your socks of spicy and vibrant…

Much of time your fish is fresh still swimming in their tanks for you to pick, it will be descaled and cleaned in front of you and there is nothing like freshly steamed fish with herbs…

If you have a local farmers market please support them and you will be rewarded in so many ways …Try something new many stallholders are only too pleased to tell you the best way to cook their produce…

I know many of you during these periods of quarantine are turning to cooking and baking…It is so satisfying and it is something the whole family can get involved in…

It has also I am sure proved to you that cooking your own from scratch means you save money, the portions are bigger than if you buy prepacked, there are no added sugars, fats and chemicals…It’s a win-win situation…

I have always cooked and experimented but even I have experimented more I have become quite the baker..yes me…who generally doesn’t bake bread or I will rephrase I just baked the same bread now I am experimenting…

Pretzel Bread…A first for me…Batch rolls..Bread cooked in a dutch oven is there any other way to cook bread?

home made pretzel bread

Pretzel Bread

Anyway as always I digress…Farmers Markets please, please support yours…

Until tomorrow …Have a lovely day and just a reminder that recipes for any of the above I have…. so just drop me a message and I will send you the link or alternatively peruse my blog and have a rummage around and they will be there…xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx